When assistant coaches are gagged their futures are caught in a bind

Aikman, Troy
January 2006
Sporting News;1/20/2006, Vol. 230 Issue 3, p38
The article presents the author's views related to assistant football coaches. The NFL has gone to great lengths to promote the advancement of minority candidates for head coaching positions. The Rooney Rule requires each team with a vacancy to interview at least one minority candidate. It's a fine rule because even if a minority candidate doesn't get a job after a particular interview, it gets him into the mix for the future by increasing his exposure and acquainting him with the process. Men such as Sean Payton, assistant head coach of the team Dallas Cowboys, and Cam Cameron, offensive coordinator of the San Diego Chargers, work for head coaches who refuse to let their assistants, with only occasional exceptions, speak to the media.


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